Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Angel vs donkey

the sketch

the final art
I recently made this illustration for a magazine article. The segment I illustrated was a brief story about a donkey in a Christmas pageant that saw the spotlit angel in the balcony. The donkey HEE-HAWED and sat down to the delight of the audience.

As I was creating the pink fog in the balcony on a Photoshop layer, I was ever so thankful for digital art. I'm not sure how I would have handled painting the fog with watercolors like I used to do. It took a bit of experimentation to get the effect using the brush tool and low opacity, but the beauty is I could try over and over till I got something I liked. Yay for digital art!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Postcard art

I just finished up some art for a postcard ad and thought I would share it with you.
The assignment was a frazzled teacher with three kids running amuck. Don't you love the word "amuck?" Try to slip it in your conversation today when you are talking with someone. This was the first sketch I submitted. It didn't fly... the teacher looked too old. Oh, well...

Sketch 2wo went over better. So, maybe I should have done this one first. Mental note to self: Send second sketch first next time...

Here is the final image with lots of bright colors as requested, a twist of lime and a dash of Tabasco.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pet Shop

Here are some of the pets I designed that you can collect by playing PackRat on Facebook. It is a challenge for me to make icons that are so small. I try to make the images as simple as I can, and then cross my fingers and hope they look good when they are reduced down to 64x64 pixels. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Pet Shop collection

I just completed a set of Pet Shop images for the PackRat game on Facebook. This is the hamster. Sign up and see if you can collect them all.

Friday, April 02, 2010


Here is a sketch of a furry little friend that will be part of a current project. The sketch looks different blown up to this size. Supersize my hamster and give me an order of fries...

printed books

Now that I have told you all about illustrating the little educational books, I will show you the most recent copies I have received. *Drumroll*... aaaand here they are!

And here is a peek inside.

And now my next hurdle is to fight the Federal Taxes battle. Time to fire up TurboTax and chew on a few pencils... sigh...